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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wisteria's merchandising continues to, uh, flounder

 Nexus Swivel chair, $1200.

A sneak peek of Wisteria's new Coastal Collection dropped in my inbox this morning, and the choices ranged from *yawn* to "What in the world?!". After perusing the new offerings, I was left wondering two things. Why is it that every home retailer feels the need to do a nautical thing each spring? And what happened to the Wisteria of a few years ago that featured the most lovely boho traditional goods?

The only pieces that shivered me timbers were a basket collection and a white garden stool...

 I didn't know I needed a paint-dipped palm leaf basket until today.

 YUM!

 Cumulus ceramic stool, $249.

And one item seemed awfully familiar...
 Under the Sea Blue Fish pillow, $59.

This "exclusive" fish head pillow might be interesting (OK, not really) if Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie hadn't already done it.

Pottery Barn's (l) and Zoinks' (r) versions from two years ago.

Coastal Collection [Wisteria]

14 comments:

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Yes, Wisteria seems to either be experiencing the ouchy pangs of growing pains or perhaps the early onslaught of a mid-life crisis.
If it makes you feel any more optimistic about the state of the world, I came across that exact ceramic stool at Home Goods last summer for under a hundy. It's now making cloudy on our balcony upstairs.
Also, btw, it would appear people start to feel beachy this time of year -- or so I'm told.
AND, last but not least, you look absolutely ravishing in your new headshot.
Cheers, Alcira

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My Interior Life said...

Flounder, fish. I get it. I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes. I don't think I've gotten my new catalog yet. Seems like I'm not missing much. I saw paint-dipped baskets in Martha Stewart Living last summer and saved the article (it was all about dip-dyeing). I even dip-dyed a shirt and tried a lampshade (but that didn't work out too well). Then my dog ate the magazine.

eileen said...

Inspiration for my next comic book--ahem, graphic novel--a maniacal Anthro AD and an equally bumbling Pottery Barn AD infiltrate the Wisteria design department hellbent on doing away with originality and replacing it with the banal. A power struggle ensues. Design by committee prevails and the final decision goes to that creepy guy in accounting who everyone cowtows to so he doesn't cut their budget. The result? Tacky fish pillows coming to a Tuesday Morning near you.

hush said...

Aw, hell. You are absolutely right. Now I need some paint-dipped palm leaf baskets to call my own.

Whitney said...

snore.

dave said...

My ex who loves waffles would love the look of that chair, but would keel over at the price tag. And the fact that it looks about as comfortable as a waffle iron. I don't care for it myself, but it is making my hungry for breakfast.

Since Alcira brought it up, yes, your new headshot is stunning. And you know I only suck up to you when I mean it. It looks just like the you in the candids you've posted, only ramped up to 11 on the casual glamour dial.

Evie said...

I hate the nautical thing in spring too! I think a hint of nautical is fine in a non-beach home, but mainly I think it belongs on the coast. I had a roommate whose decorating "theme" was beachy/nautical/seashells. We live two hours from the coast and it drove me CRAZY!

Raina Cox said...

eileen - Gold Star Comment of the Day.

Alcira and dave - You two! Thanks so much for the compliments. I had a headshot request for an upcoming guest post and felt the three-year-old one needed updating.

If I said I had my hair in an elastic because I was on my way to get it cut and slapped on some make-up, would I sound carefree or annoying?

nanne said...

my butt says that it has enough waffley looking lines on it, as is & can't imagine what it would look like after a couple of hours in that chair.

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

mmmmmmmmmm dipped baskets are good. I thought about making my own haha.

court. said...

great. my ass is gonna get all waffle-y after sitting on that chair.

obviously a man designed this and did not consider the horrible effects that chair could have on cottage cheese.

Erin said...

Embarrassingly bad.

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

would love to see the ass of whomever sits on that chair. Cumulus ???? Cumulus ??? why would you name anything Cumulus?

eileen said...

Right, Jimmy? Nothing cloud-like about that chair, although mytbe there was before the finance guy got involved in the design. They should have name it Eggo.